This question can often be difficult to answer. Many factors influence whether or not a charity is required to register for charitable solicitations, factors such as:
- Gross revenue
- Federal tax-exemption classification
- And more…
The vast majority of states require charitable nonprofits to register with that state’s Department of Charities prior to soliciting donations from the public, but some do not. In addition, most states require out-of-state nonprofits to register if that nonprofit intends to raise support from that state (example: a California-based charity soliciting donations in Tennessee).
The following states do not have solicitation registration requirements:
- South Dakota
Churches and charity hospitals are generally exempt from registration in all states. Some states exempt other religious groups, but it varies greatly by scope and definition. Some states exempt colleges and universities; others do not. Other exemptions exist, but vary greatly by state.